Playing Favorites: Michelle Cano & Meggs

We’ve asked FWMoA staff the hardest question you can ask art museum people: so, what is your favorite artwork currently on display? As “art museum people”, we often get asked about our favorite artists, artworks, and the art we choose to hang on our own walls. Since not all of our staff are front-end, and not all of them write for the blog, this series gives everyone a chance to get to know them, too. Taking advantage of our rotating exhibitions of artworks, from painted portraits to sculpted bronzes, FWMoA staff from all departments are choosing artworks that enthrall and enchant them; or, in other words, playing favorites.

Michelle Cano, Maintenance Assistant. Photo courtesy of FWMoA.

Michelle Cano, FWMoA Maintenance Assistant, has kept the Museum in tip-top shape, rain or shine (or snow!), for 15 years. Her current favorite? A work from the recently closed Century of Making Meaning: 100 Years of Collecting by Australian artist Meggs.

A painting on wood of a circle divided. Painted blue, the top half is like an underwater oasis while the bottom has a skull hidden in abstract lines, shapes, and colors. In the center, a pinwheel flower.
Meggs, Australian, b. 1978. People in Glass Houses. Acrylic and aerosol on birchwood panel, 2017. Museum purchase, 2017.49. Image courtesy of FWMoA.

Q: What is the first thing you noticed about this artwork? What drew you to this particular piece?

A: Originally, the size! In Juxtaposed (2017), the artist painted it on a moving wall. An installation, meaning the work existed only for the run of the exhibition, the Museum purchased a smaller version following the close of the show.

Q: Would you hang this artwork in your home? Why or why not?

A: I would have that painted on one of my walls, for sure. The colors and flowers have a dreamy feeling, while also feeling mysterious.

Visit FWMoA this weekend to see our current installation artworks by multiple artists in The Art of the Skateboard, curated by FWMoA Curator of Contemporary Art Josef Zimmerman. Ken Harman of Hashimoto Contemporary co-curated Inclusive: Highlighting Emerging Underground Skaters and Artists.

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